Nortura is closing down parts of its business in Steinkjer and Stavanger – 147 jobs are at risk

NorturaPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB
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A total of 79 employees in Steinkjer and 68 in Stavanger are in danger of losing their jobs. The company plans to build a new Nortura factory in Tønsberg.

Nortura’s group management proposes the construction of a modernized and automated factory in Tønsberg to the group’s board, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

That means that the company would also downsize the pig business in Steinkjer and Stavanger, which means that 147 employees could lose their jobs.

The factory is scheduled to be completed after the summer of 2023. The business activity in Steinkjer and Stavanger will be gradually reduced after that.

“Today, there was almost total silence,” Ronny Aunan, the chief shop steward at Nortura Steinkjer, told NRK on Wednesday after the CEO’s visit.

The CEO’s message

CEO Anne Marit Panengstuen told NRK that the downsizing had been planned and communicated for a long time.

“Of course, this is not a nice message to get,” she said, adding that the company has a successful history of restructuring.

She noted that employees in Steinkjer and Stavanger would be given priority when the factory in Tønsberg increases its staff by around 70 employees.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayFinance

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